Traditional Rivalry a Stage for Building
There’s plenty that Rabbitohs playmaker Luke Keary thinks he and his side can improve on, and that begins this week in their Round 16 challenge against the Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
Having had the week of from playing with the bye, the Rabbitohs tore into training during Round 15 in preparation for what will be the next instalment in a battle that has raged since 1947 against Manly.
“It’s always a good encounter against Manly there,” Keary told Rabbitohs.com.au.
“There’s no shortage of feeling in those games – it’s one of the traditional rivalries so we’re looking forward to using that stage to improve on our game and build on areas we know that we need to moving forward.”
One thing that will have the opportunity to build will be the halves pairing of Keary and the recently returned from injury Adam Reynolds – the Souths Junior getting the late nod in Round 14 to return to play alongside Keary for the seventh time in 2015.
“Yeah it was good to have him (Reynolds) back in the side,” said Keary.
“He was obviously itching to get back out there for us the last couple of months. Now that he’s had a game under his belt and a solid bye week worth of training, we’re straight back into working together on the field and focusing on Manly.”
In the absence of Reynolds, Rabbitohs veteran John Sutton deputised at five-eighth while Keary moved to halfback. Keary praised the versatility of Sutton during the period as well as his other Rabbitohs teammates.
“It’s obviously pretty handy to have players like that who can play a few different positions,” said Keary.
“Sutto’s done the job there before and he showed during the last few weeks how versatile he can be, playing in the back-row and at five eighth there. But everyone in this team is ready to play the role – whatever that may be – each week.”
Of particular readiness though in Keary’s opinion have been the Club’s young brigade in the form of recent Club debutants such as Aaron Gray, Nathan Brown and John Olive.
“I think all of them have been playing really well,” admitted Keary.
“They’ve been very enthusiastic around the place and that’s transferred onto the field. Aaron and Nathan have obviously had a bit more game-time, but I think they’ll all continue to work hard and get the performances they’re after.”